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Foresters Arms, Colchester

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user reviews of the Foresters Arms, Colchester

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Fourth port of call on Saturday 18 starting at the Odd One Out, New Inn, Purple Dog and ending at the Victoria.
Haven’t been in the Foresters arms for I don’t know how long, good to see it selling the wonderful Colchester Brewery beers, my mates had the No1 I think and I had the Red Diesel, we were all pretty impressed with pub and beer. Good location near the Castle Park and East Hill and I’d definitely return. The beer quality was pretty good so a 7/10.

Monkdawallydahonk - 25 Apr 2014 08:35
I visited this pub last week (23rd June 2011) and had a great time! It was an acoustic open mic night with some interesting musicians. The atmosphere was warm and friendly, I felt at home instantly. I was informed that it is under new management having recently been ruined by a weird bistro experiment that unsurprisingly failed. I didn't study the dcor I am afraid, but it was all clean and new looking, I remember that much, even the gents toilets! Staff were fantastic, the other customers were open and friendly. I will definitely visit again!
Yevad - 30 Jun 2011 00:33
New owners who have revamped and redecorated the place entirely. They appear to be very new to the game, a bit over anxious to please and hope to rely very heavily on their restaurant trade. A complete change to the old Foresters including the clientele and I hope they succeed. We will certainly be visiting again (as it's very handy on the way home).
Wheel154 - 16 Jun 2010 11:31
Very disapointing pub. Real Ale was very cold. Shame as the pub has great potential.

Huey - 21 Aug 2009 11:54
Relaxed, slightly scruffy round the edges place - but I like pubs like that so it's not a criticism. Feels like a locals bar but not in a cliquey way.
chick - 26 Jan 2009 14:24
A better showing with two Shalford Essex Ales available. Hyde and Stoneley Bitter were available together with Suffolk County and Forresters Ale. Still sparklers on with tight swan necks, however the beer quality was much improved from the last visit.
Love_good_ale - 15 Jun 2008 04:39
Oh dear! why has this current GBG entry started to use sparklers and also has a swan neck hand pump. The landlord may think he is going to get more profit from each barrel.

I for one do not like my real ale to taste like its a cream flow keg beer!

You better think again as I am not in a hurry to return again soon from this showing. Whats the point in serving real ale if you are peeing off the people you should be encouraging to your pub?
Love_good_ale - 29 Nov 2007 15:58
Beware, this pub doesn't bear much resemblance to the cosy descrition in CAMRA's new 'Good Beer Guide'; it's actually quite run-down. There are two entrance doors, marked 'bar' and 'saloon' but they actually both lead into the same compact room, partially divided by an archway. The green and cream paintwork would suggest this was once a Greene King pub, but the paintwork is peeling and discoloured and crying out for a makeover. Bar staff not very friendly. 4 beers on offer- again the Good Beer Guide gives the impression there are more- and the one I had was served much too cold. We had thought about eating here, but the general air of neglect in the place, plus the fact that the menu featured things served 'in a basket' (thought this had disappeared with the 1970s) put us off and we went elsewhere. Very few customers, unsurprisingly.
edchambers - 5 Nov 2007 21:47
I think its definitely improved over the last 12 months or whenever I visited it last. 4 real ales on offer here usually 2 from Nethergate (one is badged as the Foresters Ale). One is usually Adnams Best and the other ale seems to change between local breweries.
The pub can be found also via the castle park grounds which can be seen from the seats at the front. Ample seating at the front of the pub if you are a smoker.
Love_good_ale - 25 Jul 2007 19:58
Still much the same, although the Town Watch don't seem to get in there much and they've exchanged the table football for bar billiards.
arduis - 31 May 2007 09:15
Headquarters of a bunch of loonies known as the Colchester Town Watch. Frequented by pseudo anarchists and intellectuals. A great little pub, great food, nice to sit outside and watch the world go by.
Jess - 28 Aug 2003 10:15

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